Oct. 21, 1977 — Aug. 26, 2017
Beloved wife and mother, Ruth Clark, was called home to her Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ on Aug. 26, 2017. She was 39 years old, and a warrior in the battle against cancer for the past eight years.
Ruth Ann (Albrecht) Clark was born in Astoria, Oregon, on Oct. 21, 1977, to longtime Astoria residents, Don and Lora Albrecht. She was the baby sister to Leah, Lisa, David, Emma and Becky, and best friend to her little brother, Aaron. While she loved them all very much, Ruth shared a special friendship and bond with her sister, Lisa, who doted over her, and who could always bring a smile to her face. She also nurtured a special affection towards her sister, Becky.
Ruth was blessed to be able to call Astoria home for the whole of her childhood, and attended Lewis & Clark Elementary from kindergarten through eighth grade. She could easily be called upon to reminisce about the endless hours of play in and around her childhood home, her love of the beach and the abundant supply of summer blackberries.
It was during her youth that Ruth’s lifelong love and appreciation of music blossomed. At the age of 8, she began taking piano lessons, and thereafter could always be found playing and singing, and was often called upon to be the center of family music time.
Ruth graduated from Astoria High School in 1995. Soon after, she moved to Rexburg, Idaho, where she attended Ricks College. There, she formed some of the deepest friendships of her life. After graduation in 1997, she followed one of those friends, Tiniel (Schow) Williams, to Pocatello where she attended Idaho State University and received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. She was a rising star during this period, winning an array of awards and scholarships, most notably from her auditions with the Metropolitan Opera.
While an undergraduate, she met her one true love, Jared Clark, and they were married for time and all eternity in the Portland, Oregon, temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in August 1998. Ruth and Jared were blessed with five beautiful children, Joshua, Katie, Nathan, Alice and Ava. Ruth was a passionate stay-at-home mom who loved her children deeply, and eventually gave everything for them. She was unfailingly loyal and supportive of her husband during their 19 years of marriage while his professional training took their young family from Idaho to Oregon, Utah and eventually to Arvada, Colorado.
Ruth was never idle, and made time to explore not only her passion for music, but her love of baking and cooking (for which she was well known), her interests in photography, sewing and other creative crafts.
Ruth was a faithful active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of her life. She had a strong testimony of the Gospel and of our savior Jesus Christ, and she was always striving to live a worthy life. Throughout her years, she was actively engaged in selflessly serving others, and was a shining example to all around her. She touched many lives with her tenderness and compassion, her music and voice, and her beautiful smile.
Ruth was preceded in death by her son, Joshua Matthew, with whom she is now reunited. She is survived by her parents, Donald Francis Albrecht and Lora Lee (Stout) Albrecht; her husband, Jared Matthew Clark; her children, Katie Ann Clark, Nathan Albrecht Clark, Alice Elaine Clark and Ava Grace Clark; her brothers and sisters, Leah Burbidge (Clark), Lisa Cooper (Tom), David Albrecht (Judy), Emma Spring (Shawn), Becky Albrecht and Aaron Albrecht (Joy); 14 nieces and nephews; one great-niece; one great-nephew; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The Albrecht and Clark family would like to thank those who were a part of Ruth’s life and helped in even the smallest way to make her the strong, passionate, talented, devoted and lovable girl and woman she became.
A GoFundMe page has been established to help with the incredible financial strain that has burdened their little family after fighting cancer for so many years. Any help is greatly appreciated. (https://www.gofundme.com/standing-with-the-clark-family)
The funeral service was held on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Arvada, Colorado. The interment followed at Golden Cemetery in Golden, Colorado.